German officials said the critical Nord Stream natural gas pipeline linking Russia to Europe had been attacked near the Danish island.

  • German authorities reportedly believe the Nord Stream Russia-Europe natural gas pipeline has been attacked.
  • The operator of the pipelines said on Tuesday that they had suffered “unprecedented” damage in one day.
  • The Kremlin later said it could not rule out attacks on the pipelines, Reuters reported.

German officials believe the critical Nord Stream natural gas pipeline linking Russia to Europe has been attacked.

Tagesspiegel, which is published in Germany, where the pipelines land from Russia, reported a government source as saying: “We cannot imagine a scenario that is not a targeted attack. Everything is talking about coincidence.”

Jacob Hanke Vela, a reporter for Politico based in Germany He tweeted.“An accident is highly unlikely, Berlin authorities believe both pipelines were attacked.”

Another German publication, Die Welt, reported that the damage was due to deterioration and could not be an accident.

A spokeswoman for Germany’s economy ministry told Insider it was “not involved in speculation.” Germany’s energy regulator, the Federal Network Agency, said in an emailed statement that it was investigating the situation.

On Tuesday, the Kremlin said it could not rule out that the damage to the Nord Stream pipelines was caused by an accident.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by Reuters as saying that “no option can be ruled out at this time.”

“It seems highly improbable that a leak in two separate pipelines could happen at the same time,” Matt Uz Kubiak, an energy analyst at Warsaw-based Esper, told Politico. “So I think we have to assume it was intentional to create these leaks.” Kubiak added, “I don’t think it makes sense for Ukraine or the West to sabotage the pipelines,” according to Politico.

Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 are the largest pipeline systems for exporting natural gas from Russia to Europe. Each system consists of two pipelines.

Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, the new Nord Stream 2 system, which was filled with natural gas at the time, was not operational. As the war progressed, Russia gradually choked supplies through Nord Stream 1, which had been fully operational before the invasion.

The Danish Energy Agency announced Monday that it had discovered a leak in the Nord Stream 2 system near the Danish island of Bonhomme in the Baltic Sea. The Swedish Maritime Authority said leaks were found on both Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 near Bornholm.

On Tuesday, Nord Stream AG, the operator of the pipeline, said: “The destruction of three lines of the Nord Stream pipeline in one day is unprecedented.”

He added: “The time frame for restoring the gas transportation infrastructure cannot be estimated now.”

The Danish Navy sent a saloon-class frigate to the area to warn the ships to stay away, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation reported. A German government official told Insider that a no-fly zone is in place in the affected area.

Klaus Müller, President of Germany’s Federal Network Agency Twitter post The situation was tense on Monday, but Germany and the European Union were not dependent on Nord Stream 1.

No gas has flowed through Nord Stream 1 since Russia cut gas supplies to Europe in early September, the Federal Network Agency said. He added that storage levels in Germany are increasing and at the time of writing this article was about 91%.

This is a developing story and will evolve.

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